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Additive Manufacturing Users Group Accepting Scholarship Applications

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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that it is accepting applications for two scholarships for additive manufacturing and 3D printing education and professional development, which will be awarded at its annual conference.

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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that it is accepting applications for two scholarships for additive manufacturing and 3D printing education and professional development, which will be awarded at its annual conference. The scholarships have been established in the memory of Guy Bourdeau and Randy Stevens, two longtime supporters of the users group that were passionate about knowledge sharing in the additive manufacturing industry.

The AMUG Conference is a unique experience where information is freely exchanged to promote education, training and knowledge that helps individuals get the most from additive manufacturing. It will be held on April 3 – 7, 2016, at the historic St. Louis Union Station – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, in St. Louis, Missouri. Through these scholarships, AMUG offers that experience to a student and an educator that might otherwise be unable to attend.

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Mark Barfoot, AMUG president said, “These scholarships embody Guy’s and Randy’s spirit and passion for additive manufacturing, and they continue the legacy of two giving gentlemen.” Barfoot noted that the scholarships will be awarded to those that demonstrate the same qualities.

The Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship, founded by Guy's wife, Renee Bourdeau, is awarded annually to one college student, enrolled in any major, who can demonstrate an emphasis on additive manufacturing and its integration in his/her professional field. This scholarship allows the student to attend the AMUG Conference to absorb the vast amount of shared knowledge and develop industry contacts.

Yaser Shanjani, the 2015 recipient of the Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship, said, “The AMUG conference was an event that left memories I will hold on to in my professional life. Coming from an academic background, I viewed the AMUG Conference as a potential bridge to take me towards collaboration and involvement with AM technology in industry, and I would say that this happened.”

The Randy Stevens Scholarship, founded by Randy's employer, In'Tech Industries, is awarded annually to one professor/teacher that emphasizes or focuses on additive manufacturing. The scholarship will be awarded to an individual that inspires others to pursue additive manufacturing in their continuing education and professional endeavors. 

Lydia Nelson, the 2015 Randy Stevens Scholarship recipient, said, “The Randy Stevens Scholarship provided me an opportunity for exploration during an exhausting week of presentations, keynote addresses, hands-on workshops, vendor exhibits, and social networking opportunities. The organizers are to be commended. During the business meeting, I was impressed with the openness of conversations. I also appreciate the inclusiveness of women in AMUG.”

Both scholarships cover travel, lodging, meals and conference registration fees. Applications are being accepted until February 15, 2016. 

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